Topic: medical costs
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September 19, 2013 at 6:21 AM
Remember the good doctors
While I agree with much of what Katy Butler has to say, she fails to acknowledge that, in many cases, it is the family and not the “specialists in high-tech fields” that demand everything be done for their elderly loved ones. [“Guest column: Why we rarely get to die at home,” Opinion, Sept. 17.]
As for the disparity between the incomes of the various specialties, that is a discussion for another day.
Suffice it to say that ethical and caring surgeons, oncologists, cardiologists and other medical professionals engage in her so-called “slow medicine” every day, without considering reimbursement issues.
James Ballo, Shoreline
August 24, 2013 at 7:07 AM
Health care is needed
I am sick an tired of the bad rap that the president is getting over the Affordable Care Act. [“Health-insurance costs rise, but more slowly,” News, Aug. 21.]
This country should have had this 20 years ago. We are the only industrialized country that didn’t have something for its citizens until this was enacted. Right or wrong, health care is needed for all of it citizens.
I am still working so that my wife and myself can go to a doctor for our ailments. If I wasn’t still working and paying for my own program, I wouldn’t be getting the care that I need.
This plan could be tweaked to read better if it wasn’t such a political issue for both governing parties. Start thinking of the people, by the people, for the people.
Gary Todd, Duvall
August 10, 2013 at 7:06 AM
Socialized medicine is a bad idea
These people who complain about medical costs are probably the same people that vote for amnesty. [“Northwest Voices: Hip-replacement costs,” Opinion, Aug. 8.]
When I lived in Yakima, a sign was posted in the lobby of the hospital. It said, if you were an undocumented Hispanic person, you didn’t need to pay your bill, because the hospital had a program for you. Wow!
Medicare and Medicaid pay so little that the hospitals go after those who have regular insurance.
Letter-writer Kate Elias should look into how long the wait is for a new hip when you have socialized health care.
Suzan Ellis, Renton
July 30, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Support the Medicare Drug Savings Act
Today, Medicare celebrates its 48th anniversary.
I have been a recipient of Medicare for 10 years. Over the years, I’ve been able to see how much it helps me (and millions of people like me), as well as identify areas where it could and should be strengthened to become even stronger.
One way in particular is the cost of prescription drugs. It’s difficult keeping up with out-of-pocket costs, which can be as high as $100 a month. At times, I’ve had to cut my food budget or pay half of another bill just to afford the medications I need. I shouldn’t have to choose between medicine and providing the most basic needs for my family.
I am urging our U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to support the Medicare Drug Savings Act (S. 740). This legislation would prevent pharmaceutical companies from charging Medicare higher prices for certain prescription drugs than they charge Medicaid recipients.
This is the first step toward making prescription drugs more affordable for me and the millions of people who benefit from this invaluable program.
Gina Owens, Seattle
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